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Entertainment: James Franco; Selena Gomez; Laverne Cox; Adele
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2015-10-27

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Actors and friends Keegan Allen ( TV's Pretty Little Liars ) and James Franco have released an Instagram photo of themselves in on the set of King Cobra—the film about the murder of Cobra Video owner Bryan Kocis by Harlow Cuadra and Joseph Kerekes that Franco's Event Films is producing, Out.com noted. Christian Slater is playing porn kingpin Kocis, and Molly Ringwald is his sister; Disney Teen Beach Movie star Garrett Clayton has been cast to play Brent Corrigan, who filmed for Cobra when he was underage.

ABC and dick clark productions announced that 5 Seconds of Summer, Selena Gomez and Carrie Underwood will perform at the 2015 American Music Awards, a press release stated. The show will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. CT on ABC. Taylor Swift leads all performers with six nominations; the Artist of the Year nominees are Luke Bryan, Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Nicki Minaj, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Swift, Meghan Trainor and The Weeknd.

Orange Is The New Fox Black standout Laverne Cox is breaking new ground for transgender performers as the star of Fox's TV remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Deadline reported. Cox will play Dr. Frank-N-Furter, the role played by Tim Curry in the original Broadway cast and the 1975 movie. With Cox on board, the The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which had been brewing for a while, is getting a formal green light for a premiere in fall 2016.

British singer Adele announced on Twitter that her new album, her first in four years, would be called 25, NBC News noted. The singer won six Grammy awards for her 2011 album, 21, and an Academy Award for the theme song for the last James Bond movie, Skyfall. The singer has followed a pattern of naming her albums for her age at the time she has created them, having called her debut album 19. She has released a single, "Hello"—complete with a video directed by out filmmaker Xavier Dolan.

The unauthorized biography Becoming Beyonce, by author J. Randy Taraborrelli, makes several claims, according to ETOnline.com . The book claims, among other things, that Beyonce's husband, Jay-Z, has never cheated on her, and that the alleged affair with Rihanna never happened; that Beyonce has those looking after her daughter, Blue Ivy, sign a contract titled the "Daily Program for Blue Ivy as Per Mrs. Carter;" and that Alex Wright ( the ex-girlfriend of Beyonce's father, Matthew Knowles ) saying that when she was pregnant, Knowles suggested she give the child to Beyonce.

Actress Rooney Mara believes "it's time" for more films to deal with LGBT experiences, Spectrum reported. The 30-year-old actress was on a panel at the New York Film Festival for her new film Carol when she made the comments. "There's a lot of people who go through that experience, and there aren't a lot of films in the past [that] have dealt with it," she said. Carol is based on the 1952 Patricia Highsmith novel The Price of Salt. In the film, Mara stars as Therese, the young lesbian lover of Cate Blanchett's title character.

Grammy nominee Hozier opens up about his meteoric rise to superstardom, as well as his musical influences in the new Smithsonian Channel special, Hozier: The Church Tapes, premiering Friday, Nov. 6, according to a press release. The one-hour program also features Hozier performing an intimate set at the Other Voices Festival in the St. James Church in Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland. His hit "Take Me To Church'' was nominated for a Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 2015, and won the Ivor Novello and multiple Billboard Awards.

Janet Jackson's fans are accusing the singer and her team of bad behavior after they posted pics of her current "Unbreakable" tour on their Instagram feeds, according to Page Six. Numerous fans have claimed that after posting pics of Jackson live in concert, they've received emails from the social-media app explaining that "a third party reported that the content violates their copyright." One Jackson concertgoer in Los Angeles told Page Six that the morning after the concert, her Instagram account was deleted, "Without warning. Every. Single. Photo. Gone."

Mario Lopez has been cast in Fox's Grease: Live, Extra reported. Lopez, who has starred in the the long-running hit musical A Chorus Line on Broadway, will be playing the role of Vince Fontaine, a radio announcer visiting Rydell High at the big dance. He said in a statement, "I'm excited to be a part of such an iconic musical as Grease and to join a talented and cool cast. Just based on the music alone, I'm sure this is going to be the best live musical yet." Grease: Live, which will premiere Jan. 31, also stars Vanessa Hudgens, Julianne Hough, Carly Rae Jepsen, Aaron Tveit and Keke Palmer.

When Ellen DeGeneres came out as a gay woman back in 1997, she was one of the first to break the Hollywood mold. But, as she reveals in an episode of Oprah's Master Class that aired Oct. 25, she almost didn't do it, US Weekly noted. "I didn't think I was going to come out, period," she said in a preview clip of the show. "I didn't think I'd be coming out on a show, ever." DeGeneres, 57, came out on the Oprah Winfrey Show back in February 1997, and her character on her popular sitcom, Ellen, came out to her therapist ( played by Winfrey ) the following April.

Previews started this week for the revival of Arthur Miller's A View From The Bridge, which will mark actor Russell Tovey's ( TV's Looking ) first time on The Great White Way since The History Boys in 2006, NewNowNext.com reported. Set in NYC in the 1950s, he plays Rodolpho, an illegal immigrant, who comes to the United States and "completely turns everything upside down" for Eddie Carbone, who has agreed to house him and his brother, Marco. A View From The Bridge opens Nov. 12 and will have a 17-week limited engagement through Feb. 21, 2016, at the Lyceum Theatre in New York.

All of Me—Carl Reiner's 1984 body-swapping feature comedy that starred Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin—is heading to television, Deadline revealed. NBC is developing an All Of Me half-hour comedy series, loosely based on the movie, with My Boys creator Betsy Thomas set to write and serve as executive producer/showrunner. All of Me is the latest movie remake in the works this TV development season, with other films such as Cruel Intentions, Lethal Weapon, The Notebook and My Best Friend's Wedding also getting the small-screen treatment.

James Bond could never be gay, says former Bond actor Roger Moore, according to Advocate.com . "It is not about being homophobic or, for that matter, racist, it is simply about being true to the character," Moore told the Daily Mail. "I have heard people talk about how there should be a lady Bond or a gay Bond," he said. "But they wouldn't be Bond for the simple reason that wasn't what Ian Fleming wrote." Current Bond actor Daniel Craig was asked for his take by Sky News and gave a much different answer than Moore. "Anything's possible," he said. "You can do anything as long as it's credible and it works. It doesn't matter."

The daughter of the late iconic actor Vincent Price has revealed that her father was bisexual, NewNowNext.com noted. In an interview with #Boom Magazine celebrating the 50th anniversary re-release of her parents' cookbook, A Treasury of Great Recipes, Victoria Price recalled her actor father coming out to her when she came out to him as a lesbian. "He said to me, 'You know, I know just how you feel, because I have had these deep, loving relationships with men in my life—and all my wives were jealous,'" she said.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Sir Ian McKellen urges gay actors to come out of the closet, Spectrum reported. McKellen himself famously came out in 1988, and told "Awards Chatter" podcast host Scott Feinberg that it only helped his career: "It all happened after coming out. I had no idea this silly thing was a weight on my shoulders."

The View's Raven-Symone has officially called it quits with her longtime girlfriend, Empire actress AzMarie Livingston, The New York Daily News reported. Media reported a few months ago that Raven-Symone was cozying up to Orange Is the New Black star Samira Wiley. Livingston went from America's Next Top Model to playing the role of Chicken on the Fox drama Empire, on which Raven-Symone guest-starred as Olivia Lyon.

Out singer Troye Sivan has premiered the music video for his new single "Talk Me Down," DirectLyrics.com reported. This is the third and last part of his "Blue Neighbourhood" visual series that first started with the "Wild" music video ( that told the story of how Sivan and his childhood boyfriend fell in love ), and continued with the "Fools" music video ( that told the story of how Sivan and his boyfriend had to break up due to the boyfriend's dad's disapproval ). The Blue Neighbourhood album is due Dec. 4.

E! has picked up a second season of its I Am Cait docuseries following Caitlyn Jenner living her life as a transgender woman and advocate for the transgender community, Deadline reported. Season two of I Am Cait will premiere in 2016. "Caitlyn's story has ignited a global conversation on the transgender community on a scale that has never been seen before," E1 EVP Jeff Olde said.

Singer George Michael is making a fortune while reportedly undergoing rehab in one of the world's most expensive clinics, SFGate.com reported. The "Fastlove" singer, has reportedly admitted himself into Switzerland-based treatment facility The Kusnacht Practice over the summer in an attempt to battle his demons. But it seems he has no financial issues to worry about as he bids for sobriety because, according to British newspaper The Sun, George earned $6.6 million last year from his company Nobby's Hobbies Holdings Ltd, generated from album sales and royalties.

Almost a month after Oscar winner Sean Penn went after Empire co-creator Lee Daniels for million for remarks the latter made implying the former abused women, Daniels wants a change, Deadline noted. In filings, Daniels' lawyers said the actor "requests that the Action now pending in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York, be removed and proceed in its entirety before the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York." Penn's attorney called the attempt "meritless."

Formerly engaged couple Michael Sam and Vito Cammisano reunited for a Spirit Day video, Gay Star News noted. In the video, both are wearing purple T-shirts that read "Everybody's different. DEAL WITH IT." "As someone who was once bullied, I think it's very important that we tackle this issue," Sam says in the video. Cammisano says, 'I support Spirit Day because I was bullied in middle school a lot and I never want any young person to feel like they can't be comfortable being who they are."

Chris Rock is officially returning for a second run as Oscar host, with organizer the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences confirming, according to Deadline. This is considered a coup for the Oscars and new producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin; Hudlin and Rock became buddies when Hudlin helmed the pilot for Rock's semi-autobiographical series Everybody Loves Chris.

NBC is once again tapping Ricky Gervais to host the Golden Globe Awards, TheWrap noted. The British comedy star will play emcee for the three-hour ceremony, which broadcasts live on Jan. 10 from the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Gervais hosted for three straight years, from 2010-12, then yielded the podium for the last three Globes ceremonies to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

Dr. Arnold Klein, a friend and physician to the late Michael Jackson, died in Palm Springs at 70, Radar Online reported. Klein, according to online reports, entered a hospital in the area after complaining of pains in his abdomen, and remained there until his death. The late "Thriller" singer's dermatologist had practiced in Beverly Hills and was lauded as one of the original innovators in the practice of Botox injections. Dolly Parton, Cher and Dolly Parton were among his other high-profile clients.

Legendary actress Sophia Loren has decried Hollywood for replacing "skill and talent" with selfie culture, TheWrap noted. Loren told Page Six, "In my time, an actress' merit and skill was based on her talent. Now when people meet me, they pull out their phones to take pictures. I do not know much about social media, but it seems that that's what makes people more famous. My era of Hollywood was much better. You were known for your skill and talent." She also cautioned young stars about rushing into plastic surgery.

Tyra Banks and Chrissy Teigen's new daytime show, FABLife, has not had fabulous ratings, Page Six noted. Banks' other show, the long-running America's Next Top Model, is ending its run Dec. 4 after 12 years on the air. FABLife debuted in September as the top new syndicated talk show with a 1.0 rating, but sank in subsequent weeks to a 0.7. However, supporters say the show is doing well with women and has "the youngest demo among syndicated shows besides The Real and The Wendy Williams Show," and is performing well in markets like New York and Chicago.

Celebrity makeup artist Jake Bailey has died, E! News reported. The 37-year-old, who is most famous for his work with Katy Perry and Selena Gomez, passed away in Los Angeles following an apparent suicide. Authorities believe he died in a possible suicide from carbon-monoxide poisoning.

Singer Robin Thicke revealed that he lied to the media and was both high and drunk during every interview he did in 2014 in a deposition video that was released on Oct. 24, according to ETOnline.com . "When I give interviews, I tell whatever I want to say to help sell records," the 38-year-old singer added. The deposition was conducted for the lawsuit accusing him, Pharrell Williams and T.I. of ripping "Blurred Lines" off of Marvin Gaye's 1977 hit "Got To Give It Up." The Gaye family originally sought $25 million in alleged damages, but ultimately was awarded just more than $5 million.

NBC's Friday-night comedy Undateable will air live on both coasts throughout its third season, Variety reported. The hourlong Season 3 premiere on Oct. 9 shot live twice for both east and west coast airings, but the "Undateable" team had not decided if the double shoot would continue for the remainder of the season's episodes. The show stars Chris D'Elia, Brent Morin, Bianca Kajlich, Ron Funches, Rick Glassman, David Fynn ( as gay character Brett ) and Bridgit Mendler.

Winners in the 7th Annual MiFo LGBT Film Festival in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, were named, a press release stated. Jury- and audience-award winners included Fourth Man Out, Reel in the Closet, In the Hollow, Downriver, The Guy with the Knife and Pink Boy. The 8th Annual MiFo LGBT Film Festival will take place Oct. 7-16, 2016, and the 18th annual Miami edition will take place April 22-May 2, 2016.

The new musical Bright Star, from Grammy winners Steve Martin and Edie Brickell and starring Carmen Cusack, will light up Broadway this spring, Page Six noted. Joey Parnes, the Tony-winning producer of A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, announced that the show will play a Shubert theater starting in March. Set in the South in the 1920s and 1940s, the show is about a woman who befriends a soldier just home from World War II.

NBC announced that Simon Cowell will replace Howard Stern on the America's Got Talent panel for season 11, TheWrap noted. "I am really thrilled to be joining 'America's Got Talent' next season," said Cowell. "What I love about this show is that it's open to absolutely anyone. America has some fantastic talent just waiting to be discovered, and I would like that talent to come to our show, including any dogs who can sing!"

Talk-show host Wendy Williams has lost 50 pounds—which she credits to the mantra "Just push back, fatso. Just stop eating so much," US Weekly noted. Williams told fans that she stopped eating meat and dairy, and started doing cardio and Pilates; she's also cut back on portions. "I go to the gym because it's not about me losing weight at this point; it's about me trying to fight heart disease," she added.

CeeLo Green has said he has grown personally and professionally and wants to return to NBC's The Voice, The Chicago Tribune reported. However, he also said his first priority is to "reacquaint with the music community and say, 'I belong to you.'" An original coach when the show premiered in 2011, Green left last year after facing charges in a felony drug case. He pled no contest to giving a woman ecstasy at a 2012 dinner and recently completed his sentenced community service.

There's already drama behind the scenes of The Real Housewives of New York, which has begun filming its eighth season without three of the series' stars, who are holding out for more money, Page Six noted. The holdouts—-LuAnn de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan and -Ramona Singer—are still negotiating new contracts since they want to get closer to the more than $1 million paycheck higher-paid co-star Bethenny Frankel is making. However, it's been suggested that if the trio doesn't sign, Frankel has "a long list of friends" from which to suggest replacements on the show to Bravo.

ABC is developing The Better Half, a multi-camera comedy from comedian Patti Vasquez, TV writer Emilia Serrano and ABC Studios, Deadline reported. In conjunction with The Better Half, ABC Studios has inked a talent deal with Vasquez. There is a possibility for her to star in the project, though that has not been determined.

For the first time in seven years, magician Criss Angel is canceling some of his Las Vegas shows, according to ETOnline.com . Criss, who normally performs his CRISS ANGEL BeLIEve shows at the Luxor Hotel and Casino, is heading to Australia to spend time with his son, Johnny Crisstopher Sarantakos. The little boy, who is almost 2 years old, was recently diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.


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